When moving to Madrid, it’s impossible to bring everything you need for your new home along with you plus it’s fun to mix things up a bit for each new place. When looking for home supplies and decorations, it’s easy to hit up one of the many Cortes Ingles mega-markets for a one-stop shopping experience; however, there are lots of great home stores scattered around Madrid. I recently found a few in the Salamanca barrio and the prices are great at the moment during the season of rebajas!
A loja do gato preto was a wonderful find during a stroll one afternoon down c/ Velázquez. They have a wide selection of home decorations and are a great choice if you like bright colours. I saw some yellow, blue and purple buddha statues, intricately painted lanterns and a wide selection of photo frames. They also have useful but good-looking tools like dishracks, spoon holders and trivets and quirky japanese geisha soap dispensers. The prices are right too … I snagged a couple of medium bowls for €2.50 and placemats for just €1.90 each (the bright buddha heads were €24.90 and I was really tempted!). I will definitely be going back to and will try my best not to buy everything in the shop!
Just around the corner on Calle de Hermosilla (just a block north of the Serrano metro stop) are some other well-known shops such as Habitat, which sells contemporary furnishings and decorations. They had a wonderful display setup downstairs with ideas for your outdoor space … I love the orange folding chairs, they would be perfect for a little Madrid terraza! Continue a bit further down the road and you will find outposts of Zara Home and Zara Home – Kids. A slightly cheaper option is Butlers who had a wide selection of games and kid-friendly decorations along with a wide selection of nautical themed decor … perfect for decorating a beach house!
It’s exciting moving into a new home and I am pleased to find such fun shops here in Madrid!
A loja do gato preto: C/ Velázquez, 24 – 28001 Madrid / 34 91 577 16 07
Habitat: C/ Hermosilla, 18 – 28001 Madrid / 911812600 OR Paseo de la Castellana 79 – 28046 Madrid / 917 705 442
Zara Home & Zara Home Kids: C/ Hermosilla, 16 – 28001 Madrid / +34 915776445 (check their website for other locations)
Butlers: Calle de Hermosilla, 13, 28001 Madrid